Reports Wednesday claimed Democrat Deb Haaland could be the first Native American congresswoman in history after she won a New Mexico district primary Tuesday night.
Haaland herself, a Pueblo of Laguna tribe member, told ABC News she would be the first Native American congresswoman since the nation’s founding.
“In 230 years, there’s never been a Native American woman in Congress. I have never seen myself in that body of our government. Ten years ago, when I was out in Indian country knocking on doors and driving folks to the polls, I never thought I would run for Congress,” she said.
Numerous mainstream outlets praised Haaland’s win Tuesday night, saying she could be the first Native American congresswoman.
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) June 6, 2018
— The Hill (@thehill) June 6, 2018
Deb Haaland won her district's Democratic primary in New Mexico, bringing her closer to becoming the first Native American congresswoman. Here's our story from March. https://t.co/otm42RyJ1v
— The New York Times (@nytimes) June 6, 2018
Following Tuesday’s primary election in New Mexico, Deb Haaland is one step closer to becoming the first Native-American woman in Congress.https://t.co/qdGvxwpuWa
— NPR (@NPR) June 6, 2018
— Yahoo News (@YahooNews) June 6, 2018
Of course, the media’s claims don’t square with Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren’s claims of Native American heritage – something that wasn’t lost on Twitter users.
Waaaaaaaaaaaaait a minute.
I thought Senator Elizabeth Warren was our first Native American congressperson!
Are you telling me Senator Warren isn't really Native American? That she (gasp!) lied about it?
— David #FreeLizzy (@D_Walker1773) June 6, 2018
Wait…I thought Elizabeth Warren was Native American? Wasn't that her story and didn't the media and left get all over Trump for calling her on this?
— Gnost Rexa (@GnostRexa) June 6, 2018
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) June 6, 2018
I wonder how much all the “first female Native American in Congress” coverage of the New Mexico Dem irks Liz Warren.
— Liz Mair (@LizMair) June 6, 2018
*Elizabeth Warren slinks off into a secluded forest and weeps https://t.co/nJ8wLaAyQB
— Chet Cannon (@Chet_Cannon) June 6, 2018
— Jeff Ellington ???? (@Jeff__Ellington) June 6, 2018
This marks the official end of any aspirations for an Elizabeth Warren presidential run. https://t.co/9kuxpJVYtG
— Poli Sci Guy (@poli_guy) June 6, 2018
Ms. Haaland is naturally to be congratulated. Having our first-ever Native American woman in Congress is quite a milestone. Now, what about Senator Elizabeth Warren? <wink>
— Paul Fauber (@Wordsmithpaul) June 6, 2018
— Justin Lester (@JELester9) June 6, 2018
Just earlier this year, CNN published reports on Sen. Warren pushing back against calls for her to submit to a DNA test to confirm her heritage.
— CNN (@CNN) March 12, 2018
Throughout the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump openly mocked “goofy” Sen. Warren on several occasions, calling out her claims of 1/12 Native American heritage and humorously labeling her “Pocahontas.”
It will be interesting to hear Haaland’s response if she’s ever asked what she thinks about Sen. Warren’s purported ancestry.